I'd like to keep everyone updated about what's taking place with the search for a new hosting provider and server move. I think the search and the decision-making factors should be a public affair. After all, the chosen company will receive more or less a public face (our site's performance so to speak). Additionally, as server move concerns all users, we want to make sure we please them all (or at least the vast majority) by providing a good forum usage experience.
First of all, I would like to sincerely thank each company that replied to a sponsorship open-call. After sending a newsletter late at night, I woke up to 20+ offers in my mail box. By the end of the day, we had direct interest from 26 companies (not counting our current provider)! I did not expect such an amazing response and I spent two consecutive full time days providing further information and having discussions.
In no particular order, these companies are: Micfo.com (current provider), Hostirian.com, **************, HandsOnWebHosting.com, Hivelocity.net, **********.com, WeHostAnyone.com, ZipServers.com, RebelNetworks.com, Burst.net, Exabytes.com, Host Color, Site5.com, OthelloServer.net, BeanTownHost.com, 247-host.com, PivotalWeb.com, HostKitty.net, AYKsolutions.com, PearTreeUK.com, FastServers.net, Blackmesh.com, iWeb.com, ServInt.com, KnownHost.com, XMGnetworks.com, ScribeHost.com, TurnkeyInternet.net
We were stuck with a difficult task of following-up on each company, their level of interest and conditions.
After three days of evaluating specific offers received, we brought the list down to TOP 8 offers
(again, in no particular order):
late acceptance from these companies were added to our Top List:
The selection process continues and we hope to be left with out final Top 5 tonight.
As part of the evaluation process, at this time we are looking at few key factors: data center location, network providers, server management services, people that run the company, company history. If you have any input regarding the process, we welcome your feedback.